• R, 1 hr. 37 min.
  • Drama, Horror
  • Directed By:
    Xan Cassavetes
    In Theaters:
    May 3, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Jul 23, 2013
  • Magnolia Pictures

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Kiss Of The Damned Reviews

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

Writer-director Xan Cassavetes is trying to go beyond the usual boundaries of the vampire genre. She doesn't quite succeed, but at least she tries.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: C+

January 12, 2014
Todd Gilchrist
ToddGilchrist.com

a significantly more mature - and sexy - take on vampire romance, approaching its subject with sophistication and sensuality even as it indulges in gore and terror that's as metaphorical as it is visceral.

Full Review Source: ToddGilchrist.com | Original Score: 3/5

June 12, 2013
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Manages to add a new wrinkle to one of cinema's oldest and hoariest genres.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

May 14, 2013
Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
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"Kiss of the Damned" is rather a hoot.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

May 9, 2013
Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
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An ambitious, if deeply flawed, vampire love story ...

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 9, 2013
Nathan Southern
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A rare treat, especially for those who like to see grindhouse-oriented subject matter done with intelligence and substance.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 3, 2013
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity

The pleasure of the film doesn't lie in the plot; it's all about the sultry, horror-tinged mood that Cassavetes manufactures.

Full Review Source: Television Without Pity

May 3, 2013
Amy Nicholson
Los Angeles Times
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The confident, female-driven sensuality of "Kiss of the Damned" anchors this handsome nonsense.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

May 3, 2013
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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Cassavetes can film an erotic encounter worthy of the 1970s and the golden age of sex scenes, and that is no small compliment these days.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 3, 2013
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com

More of a macabre snapshot than a cohesive picture, capturing a specific throb of sexuality that helps to ignore frustratingly slack storytelling.

Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com | Original Score: B-

May 2, 2013
Noel Murray
AV Club
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What distinguishes Kiss Of The Damned is its look, which combines the garish gore and muted tones of '70s Euro-horror with the subtle glow of modern moviemaking; and its sound design, which frequently mixes in a hellish throb.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

May 2, 2013
Eric Hynes
Time Out New York
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The film serves as a surprisingly persuasive allegory for enduring virgin-whore expectations ...

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

April 30, 2013
Lee Marshall
Screen International

There's enough fang-sinking, tomato sauce and squelchy sound effects to keep us from feeling peckish.

Full Review Source: Screen International

April 29, 2013
Leslie Felperin
Variety
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Kiss reimagines its bloodsuckers as horny, supercilious Eurotrash with addiction issues, sucking the life blood from naive American thrill-seekers.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 29, 2013
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Decadence and debauchery are equal parts death and creation in a cool little vampire movie that makes the "Twilight" franchise look like kid stuff.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: B

April 28, 2013
Scott Weinberg
FEARnet

Quiet but interesting, clever enough to make horror fans happy, and sexy in a way that only a good indie vampire movie can be.

Full Review Source: FEARnet

March 18, 2013
William Bibbiani
CraveOnline

Crazy. Kinky. Cool.

Full Review Source: CraveOnline | Original Score: 8/10

March 15, 2013
Drew Taylor
The Playlist

For those adventurous enough to go along with it, the movie weaves an intoxicating spell, one that is...rarely seen outside of shopworn VHS tapes of old European horror movies. It's not perfect...but is perfectly odd.

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: B

March 11, 2013
Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

We need our storytellers to do more than draw painfully obvious parallels between drinking blood and making love.

Full Review Source: Under the Radar | Original Score: 2/10

September 8, 2014
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews

The screenplay is cliched and simplistic melodrama that drags even if the images and some of the operatic music quotes are lush.

Full Review Source: Mark Leeper's Reviews | Original Score: 4/10

November 13, 2013
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